Posted by Malcolm Temple on September 07, 2011 at 03:57:38 user lexdens.
This is probably the wrong place to say this but what the h***
As a former Chairman, Treasurer and current Vice President, may I say how much I agree with Rob's comments in Signals?
TARS currently appears to do nothing, be unaware of its mission and is boring (to me anyway)
We need initiatives, we need to develop. Theres some great ideas (and a few stinkers) in what Rob suggests
Where is the initiative?
Note from the TarBoard team:
We would like to encourage everyone to move this discussion onto a new thread on The Arthur Ransome Society (TARS) official forum at: http://arthur-ransome.org/forum/tars-general-discussion/997748487
The reasoning behind this is as follows:
1) TarBoard is completely independent from The Arthur Ransome Society (TARS) - so discussion about the internal politics of TARS is outside of the aims of TarBoard.
2) Because of this, using TarBoard to discuss internal TARS disputes/politics is discouraged. See this extract from the current TarBoard FAQ page:
Q. Can we discuss TARS matters on TarBoard?
A. TARS has its own forum to discuss TARS matters. If you want to discuss TARS matters in detail, then that is the appropriate place to do it. TarBoard is open to everyone, so internal discussions by TARS members of TARS matters may be boring or inappropriate. However, you are very welcome to advertise an open TARS function or meeting or put a note on TarBoard suggesting that people look at the TARS forum to discuss an issue.
3) This policy is not in place because of some "conspiracy" between TARS leadership and the TarBoard team to stop debate about grievances TARS members may have with TARS. The policy has been in place since 1998 because such TARS political discussions on TarBoard have nearly always resulted in an overload of demoralising work for the people running TarBoard at the time. In the past, both 'sides' in such arguments have criticised TarBoard both on the board and privately - TARS leadership feeling that TarBoard was encouraging others to undermine their position (this is probably the reason there is no official mention of TarBoard in any TARS publications or on its website), while the other 'side' have felt that TarBoard was a mouthpiece for TARS management.
The point is that the TarBoard team have no desire to be referees for internal TARS political disputes on TarBoard, which is why the policy was created all those years ago and still exists.
Woll Newall, on behalf of the TarBoard team
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